Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
Diaperbridge Portable Changing Station
Is this an East Coast thing?
Diaperbridge turns a restroom counter into a diaper changing station. Position this folding rigid platform over a sink with your baby lying on its padded topside in a four-point harness. A strap secures the platform to the faucet, and a panel blocks the faucet from your baby’s reach. The whole thing collapses to just 11″x12″x2″ for storage in a large diaper bag.
Sound cool to you? Explain it to me. I don’t get it.
Here on the West Coast, my family has gone through three stages of public diaper changing.
- Return to our car and lay a changing pad in the back of our station wagon or on the back seat.
- Sit in the car with a changing pad on our lap.
- Change wet diapers standing up.
- If stuck at a public event, say at a park, move to a low traffic area and change away.
Our automobile fetish may be due to the shear lack of public restrooms in our small town. Business owners haven’t retrofitted their restrooms to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If they have a public restroom, they can be sued, so the restrooms remain closed to the public. That’s the downside of having lots of small, independently owned stores in historic buildings.
I realize parents aren’t always conveniently near their car, but the whole changing-diapers-in-restrooms thing seems like one of two things:
- Mindset. You are most comfortable changing diapers in a restroom.
- Culture. You often travel by foot, bike, taxi, train or bus.
It’s interesting that 7 of 9 brick ‘n’ mortar retailers listed on Diaperbridge’s web site are located on the East Coast. I picture the East Coast, although clogged with cars, as having a greater participation rate in alternate transportation. The other two retailers are located in Texas and southern California where changing a baby in a restroom is preferable to a searing automobile.
So tell me, when in public, where do you change diapers? If you use restrooms, what do you do when there isn’t a changing station available?